Thursday, 7 December 2017

Winter beech complete


My painting of the winter beech woodland is complete. It is getting on for A3 in size, so is quite large, and it needs a close viewing to capture the detail, which is partially lost in the image above. I'm now averaging about one painting a year - maybe I ought to try and up that output in 2018. Not only does creating artwork keep me usefully busy, it is also wonderfully restful. Go on, pick up a paintbrush and have a go!

19 comments:

Dylan Wrathall said...

Steve,
Very nice mate - if I pick up a paint brush it's for the Bathroom ceiling. I could no more paint than I can draw. Art is for artistic types, I will stick with the camera to capture the scene.
I have no doubts that you find the exercise restful, it would prove nothing more than frustrating, because of my inability, should I give it a go. Horses for courses? - Dyl

Steve Gale said...

Ah, but your R&R is more than catered for by the happy hours spent Bankside Dyl...

Derek Faulkner said...

I agree with Dylan, it's not something that I could remotely do but yours is excellent.
How about one of your favourite place now - Dungeness. Shingle, Vipers Bugloss, Yellow-horned Poppy and little shacks dotted about.

Steve Gale said...

Derek, I have done such a painting, but there is always scope to revisit!

Fleetwood Bird Observatory said...

That's superb Steve. I can see that on the cover of your book 'North Downs and Beyond', or maybe on a New Naturalist cover!

Cheers, Seumus

Steve Gale said...

I'd better get on and write it then Seumus...

Steve Gale said...

And thank you for the thumb's-up!

Phil Slade said...

That is top-class Steve. I think a black & white version would really work too.

Steve Gale said...

That's kind Phil. Electronically this is easy to replicate in black and white, although the original piece will have to stay in colour - painting a monochrome version would be a challenge!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I can sketch in a very rudimentary fashion, but painting is out for me!

Steve Gale said...

Everyone can paint Simon. Just load up the brush and go for it!

Arjun Dutta said...

Excellent painting Steve, something most of us can only dream of doing!
Where was it that inspired you to paint it?

Steve Gale said...

Hi Arjun, it was loosely based on the beech woodland at Mickleham. Glad you like it!

Gibster said...

It's just brilliant,at least it is to an uncultured Philistine such as myself. I note there's no Stigmella tityrella mines on those fallen beech leaves *big sad sigh* but it's your workpiece, who are we to try and influence? :) You have a real talent, buddy. You've certainly impressed this numpty anyhoo's.

Steve Gale said...

Thanks Seth. I couldn't quite bring myself to 'mine' a leaf or two, but maybe that's for another painting. I'll use you as a consultant ;-)

Lucy @ A Natural Interlude said...

Flippin fantastic Steve! The colours are spot on and I love how you've created that sense of depth: from the beautiful leaves at the front to the misty trees in the distance, and all the shapes and textures in between. Would happily hang that in my currently spartan home ;-)!

Steve Gale said...

Why thank you Lucy. If I get any prints done of it I'll let you know.

Lucy @ A Natural Interlude said...

Perfect, although the closest thing I have to disposable income since moving house is modest supply of garden rhubarb. Not sure that’s quite the currency you’d be after, lol.

Steve Gale said...

A stick of rhubarb will be fine Lucy...